Cell Counter

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jcm55
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Cell Counter

Hello All, I'm currently in the market for a cell counter and don't really know where to start. I was wondering
if you could recommend your favorite brand (or do the opposite)/explain what features you think I should be looking for in my new cell counter based on your experience. I would greatly appreciate any help you could give in this matter. Thanks
a lot!

Jason King
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 It probably depends on how

 It probably depends on how you're planning to use it. We had a Chemometec NC100 cell counter (the new model is the NC200). With both you use cassettes with a plunger to suck cell suspension into the reading chamber which contains propidium iodide. The output tells you how many cells you have and how many of them are alive and dead. This system is great if you have a lot of cell counts to do quite quickly and need reproducibility. 

There's also an NC 3000 model which does this too but also has a lot of additional LED light sources so that you can do multi-channel detection with read outs very similar to flow cytometry. The 3000 is a good bit more xpensive though.

www.chemometec.com